Location: Newport News Marriott at City Center
740 Town center Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
You may call our reservation system at 866-329-1758 and ask for the VAMPI group block. Reservations must be made by February 13th, 2015 to guarantee group rate of $89.00.
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How much strategy do you employ when planning menus? Are you curating a story, taking advantage of a captive audience to share things about your history, culture, lifestyle or geography? Are you doing everything you can to use food and beverage as a powerful essential tool in your work? This funny, practical presentation explores how we should approach food and beverage...what we should consider in our menu planning and development... who should be involved in the process... and why food matters in the first place.
- Curate a story via a meal, taking advantage of a captive audience in order to build a long-term relationship.
- Consider and navigate trick restrictions based on religion, culture or medical necessity.
- Create memorable moments at the table... but keep to a tight budget.
- Fully integrate the entire meal operation, from drafting and sourcing to ultimate service.
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design; Skill 16: Coordinate Food & Beverage Services (1.5 Clock Hours)
| 9:30am - 11:00am
| 11:00am - 11:30am
||Registration & Networking
| 11:30am - 12:30pm
| 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cancellation penalties do apply:
Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund
Chris Young, a native of Fitzgerald, Georgia, is a sought-after keynote speaker and
trainer, featured presenter, and subject-matter expert in leadership and organizational
dynamics, international protocol, cross-cultural literacy, and global business etiquette.
His clients include Fortune 500 companies; major universities; national, state, and
municipal governments; chambers of commerce and economic development agencies;
professional associations; and global sporting events.
For seven years, he led Protocol & Diplomacy
International – Protocol Officers Association (PDIPOA),
the worldwide professional organization for
those in those related fields, as its elected president.
During his tenure, the organization increased its
membership almost 400% to include people from
30 nations. Today he serves as the past president
and chair of the committee on governance and
In August 2014, he was honored by his peers from
around the world with the PDI-POA Ann Beard
Achievement Award, the highest in his profession.
By day, he serves as the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, an arm of the United
Nations’ Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and is a Fellow with UNITAR.
The center focuses on capacity building for local governments and civil society leaders,
with programmatic emphases on economic development, water, STEM education, and
disaster preparation and recovery. Its work largely targets emerging democracies and
economies within the Americas.
Mr. Young’s career also includes service as the Executive Director of The Protocol School
of Washington and Chief of Protocol and Director of International Affairs for the State of
Georgia, the latter of which he started and operated for two successive administrations.
His work has taken to him to almost 100 countries. Over the past decade, Mr. Young has
organized visits for over 200 presidents, vice presidents, ministers, and ambassadors, as
well as planned and executed more than 50 full-scale international business
development trips. During his tenure with the State, he liaised directly with the
international consular corps and trade community in Georgia, which, under his
stewardship, enjoyed unparalleled growth, over 60%.
In 2010, Georgia Trend magazine tapped him as one of the State’s “40 Under 40,”
Georgia’s forty rising stars and influential leaders under the age of forty.
Mr. Young graduated with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology,
entering as a President’s Scholar and earning a BS degree in History. He also studied at
Oxford University (Worcester College) in the United Kingdom. He received his law
degree (Juris Doctor), with honor, from the University of Georgia. In 1999 he was
appointed as a nationally prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholar. In March 2006, Mr.
Young was named as the recipient of Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen Alumni Legacy Award.
An inveterate traveler and avid pianist, he attends Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta and is a
member of their choir.